West African Music came to this country with the slave trade, so the recent rediscovery of interest in the rhythms and instruments of that area isn't too surprising. We'll hear Western works based on West African themes or rhythm patterns, as well as some original works that use West African instruments. Kahil El'Zabar of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble drops by to demonstrate the sounds of the African thumb piano and the relationship between speech and drumming in West Africa.
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